Divers Guide to Bon­aire

Sport Diver - - Training -

When to go: Year-round, but lower rates are avail­able dur­ing the sum­mer months.

Weather: 84 to 89 de­grees F year-round

Wa­ter temp: Av­er­ages in the 80s year-round

Vis­i­bil­ity: 80 to 100-plus feet year-round

Na­tional park info: Be­fore you can dive in Bon­aire Na­tional Ma­rine Park, you’ll have to com­plete a check­out dive to prove your skill level and pay a $25 cash en­try fee per per­son (the fee for snorkel­ers is $15).

Dive shop info: Buddy Dive Re­sort Bon­aire (buddy dive.com) of­fers mul­ti­ple daily boat trips to Klein Bon­aire. Buddy Dive’s house reef is also ac­ces­si­ble for divers who aren’t stay­ing at the re­sort, but night div­ing is only avail­able for re­sort guests.

In­sider tip: Buddy Dive’s driv­ethru fill­ing sta­tion is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so plan your tank fills ac­cord­ingly.

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